Do birth control pills cause varicose veins?


More than 12 million U.S. women take birth control pills. Some studies have linked vein disease and birth control use, but one local expert suggests there’s more to the subject than the dramatic headlines it produces.

“Prescription medicines can affect everyone differently. As a medical professional, when dealing with this topic, it’s important to take into consideration other patient symptoms and health concerns, too,” said Nick Morrison, MD, world-renowned phlebologist and founder of Morrison Vein Institute in Scottsdale, Ariz. READ MORE…


4 important truths about your varicose veins

mother-pregnantVaricose veins affect nearly half the U.S. adult population. With so many people looking for answers, there are plenty of opinions about how and why vein disease develops and the best treatment options available. If you are one of the millions of varicose vein sufferers, one vein expert says it’s important to keep these four facts in mind.

1. It’s a disease that doesn’t discriminate 

The American Society for Vascular Surgery estimates 40 million Americans have varicose veins; at least 17 percent are men and about 5 percent of all cases involve patients in their late teens or early 20s. And let’s not forget that more and more celebrities are opening up about vein disease – Britney Spears, Emma Thompson and Kristin Davis, to name a few.

“I’ve been in the field for 20 years and in that time the age of the patients we see has steadily dropped. On any given day we might see people between 20 and 70 years old with vein disease,” said Nick Morrison, a world-renowned phlebologist and founder of Morrison Vein Institute in Scottsdale, Ariz. READ MORE…


Are your varicose veins a sign of heart trouble?

300x250About 300,000 people die of blood clots every year. There are also 600,000 new cases of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) occurring annually as well. Sometimes going undetected, DVT is a serious vein problem that could lead to a potentially fatal Pulmonary Embolism (PE), where a blood clot travels to the lungs.

Many Americans, however, may not realize these problems exist. They have been led to believe that vein disease – often first seen as varicose veins in the legs – is strictly a cosmetic concern. That couldn’t be further from the truth, says Dr. Nick Morrison, a trained phlebologist and founder of Morrison Vein Institute in Phoenix. “If you’re concerned about your legs not looking great this summer, you should also understand the bigger connection to the heart that your venous system has,” Morrison noted. READ MORE…


5 celebrities that battled varicose veins

Britney-Spears-Main-TileCarrie Underwood’s legs have their own Facebook page. Former World Wrestling Federation diva Stacy Keibler’s legs earned her the title: “Weapon of Mass Seduction.” Jennifer Lawrence’s seemingly endless pins and Beyonce’s super-toned gams help them land at the top of today’s hot lists.

Hollywood celebrities and stars understand the power of gorgeous legs; but there are plenty who have also battled what 50 percent of American women endure as well – varicose veins.

“I think it’s less about saying a star’s legs don’t look appealing and more a reminder that vein disease doesn’t discriminate,” added world-renowned Scottsdale, Ariz.-based phlebologist, Nick Morrison, MD.  READ MORE…


Show Off Your Legs This Spring

What do you consider to be a beautiful pair of legs? Do you favor them for their length, their shape, or perhaps how they move? Often celebrities are thought to have the most gorgeous legs around. Mariah Carey is glorified for her muscular tone, while Heidi Klum is oohed-and-aahed whenever she struts her long and lean gams on the runway.

Realistically, everyone has a different perception of beauty – just as no two sets of legs are exactly alike. What we do all share is the ability to be confident about what makes them unique.

Your legs represent YOU, and it’s time that you are proud to show them off!  READ MORE…


Mommy Makeovers Get Leggy

More mothers looking to varicose vein treatments as a part of their rejuvenated look
Motherhood, without doubt, brings an immense amount of joy, unimaginable solace and everlasting bliss; yet it comes with a price. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, more than 60 percent of mothers look to plastic surgery to bring their pre-baby figures back. These efforts are often referred to as “Mommy Makeovers,” where women most commonly seek out tummy tucks and breast augmentation (or lifts) to bring back that younger look. But many moms are also looking to varicose vein treatments as a part of their Mommy Makeover experience.

“When some women have children, their veins can be affected. Varicosities can start to develop during pregnancy and get worse after childbirth,” explained Dr. Nick Morrison, a Phoenix-based phlebologist and founder of the Morrison Vein Institute. “When it comes to a Mommy Makeover, they start to realize this procedure is as important a cosmetic detail as a tummy tuck or breast enhancement.” READ MORE…


5 surprising foods that could prevent varicose veins


  • Berries, grapes, ginger among foods that may help prevent vein disease
  • Rutin is one of the best compounds for anti-clotting and heart-related conditions

Heredity is probably the biggest factor in whether you could become one of the 80 million people around the world with varicose veins. And while there is no cure for vein disease, there are certain foods that may give a person a fighting chance against a tough genetic hand. Consider adding these foods to your diet today!

Bring on the berries
Blueberries and blackberries are packed with rutin, a critical flavonoid with anti-clotting factors. A 2012 Harvard study measured 5,000 compounds for their ability to block a critical protein involved in the blood-clotting process. Rutin blew away the competition and was seen as having potential preventative effects for both arterial blood clots that cause strokes and heart attacks as well as venous clots seen in serious vein conditions like deep vein thrombosis. READ MORE…


Thank you Arizona Foothills Magazine: 

Fab over 40: 7 tips for gorgeous legs


  • Oranges and grapefruits offer the highest levels of vitamin C.
  • Even modest weight loss of five to 10 pounds can bring benefits to your heart, blood pressure.
  • Endovenous Laser Ablation is a laser procedure with little downtime and scarring.

Healthy legs can help us look and feel younger even as we get older. Gorgeous legs start with a strong circulatory system, which is key to keeping varicose veins and other forms of vein disease at bay. Lifestyle choices have a say in the matter as well. Consider these exercise and diet tips to keep your legs looking great, even after 40.

The calf is key…

Flexing your calf muscle gets the blood moving up your leg and towards your heart. Those with poor circulation often have weak valves in their veins which allows the blood to pool in ankle areas instead of moving up the leg as it should, causing varicose and spider veins.

Getting up on your toes will often do the trick. A brisk walk or jog also activates the calf muscle. If you sit during most of the workday, take breaks that involve walking or stretching and getting up on those toes as much as possible. Even while sitting, engage your calf muscle by moving your foot up and down whenever possible. READ MORE…


You are the MVP

Congratulations ladies on making it through yet another Football Season! Now’s your turn for the MVP treatment- visit the Morrison Vein Institute today! Get your Free MVP Vein Screening and take a tour of our New Tempe Location! 

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